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Canada pays higher price than peers for modest pandemic success: MLI’s COVID Misery Index

In Finance, Health Care by Michael Rae

Jumping from 9th to 6th place out of 15 countries, Canada weathered the initial stages of Omicron better than most due to high… The post Canada pays higher price than peers for modest pandemic success: MLI’s COVID Misery Index appeared first on Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Related posts: Canada’s pandemic-related job losses and debt accumulation

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Justice Centre warns nursing homes should not be like prison for elderly

In Analysis, Health Care, Politics, Rights by Michael Rae

  The Justice Centre has sent a demand letter to Beacon Hill Care Lodge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, copying Manitoba Health Minister Heather Stefanson and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin, on behalf of Helen Naherny and her daughter Margaret Naherny-Bryner. The letter demands that Beacon Hill Care Lodge immediately Vist The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms to read more!

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Is being bathed by a woman a legitimate creed-based requirement? Ontario Human Rights Tribunal requires evidence from Rastafarian

In Health Care, Rights by Michael Rae

 Lexology Rubin Thomlinson LLP June 15 2016 Last year I blogged about a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that considered the definition and scope of the ground of creed. While the decision laid out a clear analytical framework, the facts of the case were unique and of such specificity that it might have been difficult to see how the framework would be applied to a more traditional scenario dealing with the provision of services. Recently, Tribunal Vice-Chair Mark Hart applied the framework to just such a scenario in his decision in Barker …

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C.S. Lewis on Men Without Chests (And What That Means)

In Analysis, Education, Health Care, Opinion by Michael Rae

“Men Without Chests” is the curious title of the first chapter of C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man. In the book, Lewis explains that the “The Chest” is one of the “indispensable liaison officers between cerebral man and visceral man. It may even be said that it is by this middle element that man is man: for by his intellect he is mere spirit and by his appetite mere animal.” Without “Chests” we are unable to have confidence that we can grasp objective reality and objective truth. Read more on C.S. Lewis on Men Without Chests …

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Our Troubling (And Sexist) Fascination With High Heels

In Health Care, Research, Rights, Transport by Michael Rae

Nicola Thorp was recently sent home without pay for refusing to wear heels. Sexism in the workplace is only the first problem with this footwear. Standing up is no small feat. Bipedalism is one of the qualities that helped humans climb the food chain. Yet, observing the hunched habits of smart phone addicts, we may return to quadrupedalism soon enough. Evolution does not take our well-being into consideration. The fault is ours. As Daniel Lieberman argues, cultural evolution often affects our genome more than biological evolution. Read More Read More at

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Effective Altruism in Policy

In Analysis, Health Care, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

On the 25th of February, Sebastian Farquhar spoke at the Cabinet Office on Effective Altruism and Policy. It led to a thought-provoking discussion. The slides are made available here for those with an interest.  It is an interesting analysis of the cost effectiveness of foreign aid vs research, and identifies value for money treatment areas. The whole story can be found at The Global Priorities Project

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New UK aid strategy – prioritising research and crisis response

In Analysis, Finance, Health Care, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

On the 23rd, DFID announced their new strategy for the next 5 years. This included at least £2.5bn in extra funding for research into high priority areas – like new treatments for neglected tropical diseases and malaria. We have been advocating this, because we think it could be much more effective than direct overseas health […] The whole story can be found at The Global Priorities Project

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Viewpoint – Funding Hospitals Based on Services Rendered

In Analysis, Health Care by Michael Rae

Viewpoint explaining how activity-based funding of hospitals could help reduce wait times if accompanied by other, complementary measures Quebec’s Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette, recently announced that the government wanted to transform the funding method for medical facilities in the health network by adopting activity-based funding, a Visit Montreal Economic Institute (IEDM) for more information

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Canada’s Lagging Regulatory Framework Craig Landau and Doug Sommerville

In Analysis, Health Care by Michael Rae

In Budget 2016, the Trudeau government was true to its campaign word. It will negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories and invest in mental health, palliative care, vaccination uptake and population health interventions with First Nations communities. However, notably absent was mention of Canada’s National AntiDrug Strategy which includes tactics to address prescription opioid misuse, abuse and diversion along with the broader utilization of abuse-deterrent/tamper-resistant formulations by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Canadian heads of two leading innovative and generic pharma companies are of one mind on this issue. Read the entire article …

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Next on the Agenda for the Health Ministers: Meeting With their American Counterparts? Cheryl A. Camillo

In Health Care, Opinion by Michael Rae

The renewed dialogue about provincial health systems should not stop at the Canadian border. More than ever, provincial health ministers could benefit from an exchange of ideas with their American counterparts who, pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), are in the midst of implementing unprecedented state-level reforms to improve healthcare access and quality while lowering costs. State health leaders would likely welcome such an exchange as provinces and states face common challenges. Read The Entire Article in PDF format  at